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Glenn L Silverii

Glenn L. Silverii specializes exclusively in the field of workers' compensation defense. Mr. Silverii has extensive experience in handling all aspects of workers' compensation defense, including trial, and appellate work; as well as defending claims for benefits pursuant to Labor Code section 132a, and serious and willful misconduct claims. Also, Mr. Silverii has participated in numerous seminars on topics related to workers' compensation, as well as having drafted and prepared various publications on issues pertaining to workers' compensation.

Mr. Silverii received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University, School of Law in 1979, and bachelor's degree from California State University at Northridge. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1979, and began practicing civil litigation in the areas of liability defense and business law. Mr. Silverii is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California. Mr. Silverii also participated in a special pro bono program with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, and prosecuted criminal jury trials. Also, when Mr. Silverii was doing business litigation, he was an attorney for the plaintiff in the landmark case of Baar v. Tigerman (1983) 140 Cal.App.3d 979, in which the immunity protection for arbitrators was pierced. As a result, Mr. Silverii has authored various articles on arbitration, including one entitled “Commercial Arbitration-Safeguards Needed?” (4 CEB California Business Law Rptr.)

Mr. Silverii's professional affiliations include membership in the State Bar of California, Orange County Workers' Compensation Forum, Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Southern California Self-Insured Association, a member of the section on workers' compensation with the State Bar of California, as well as a member of the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association.
 


Scott K. Kubis

Mr. Kubis received his Juris Doctor in 1990, magna cum laude, from University of San Diego School of Law and, while attending San Diego School of Law, was a member of the San Diego Law Review, and Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Kubis received his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in 1985, and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

Mr. Kubis' experience includes insurance defense litigation and workers' compensation defense. In addition to his workers' compensation background, he has also handled a wide variety of litigation, including general negligence, premises liability, construction defects and product liability.

Mr. Kubis is admitted to practice in both the State and Federal Courts in California. He has arbitrated and mediated at trial many cases to successful conclusion. He is an active member of the California State Bar Association.
 


Peter J. Gorelick

Peter J. Gorelick specializes in the field of workers' compensation defense. He has more than 30 years of experience defending employers and carriers in workers' compensation courts throughout Southern California. This experience ranges from initial discovery through trial and appeal. Mr. Gorelick was employed as an attorney by CIGNA Corporation for more than 18 years. He was the managing attorney for CIGNA's Orange County and Riverside offices, supervising a staff of 14 attorneys.

Mr. Gorelick received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Fernando Valley, College of Law in 1978. During law school, Mr. Gorelick worked as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Gorelick is a past vice-president of programs and membership for the Southern California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association. He formerly served that organization as a member of its Board of Directors. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the statewide Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association. Mr. Gorelick has been certified by the State Bar of California as a provider for Continuing Legal Education training. He has arranged numerous legal and medical training seminars for attorneys, employers, claims processionals and doctors. He has professional affiliations with many legal and claims organization through the Southern California area.
 


Lisa Cheung

Lisa Cheung received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999. While attending Southwestern, Ms. Cheung was an editor of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Contracts. During this time, Ms. Cheung also worked as a law clerk for the United States Attorney Office in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and violent crimes section, Universal Studios in the New Media section as well as Van Nuys Superior Court in law and motion. Ms. Cheung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Riverside in 1993.
Ms. Cheung began her career in workers' compensation in 2000 representing carriers, third party administrators and employers in workers' compensation defense. Her 15 years of workers' compensation experience includes all aspects of discovery matters, trial and appeals of workers' compensation matters. She also has experience in defending against 132a claims and Serious & Willful claims.
Ms. Cheung has dedicated her legal career to representing the client's objectives aggressively and bringing cases to resolution as quickly as possible. Ms. Cheung's litigation philosophy is to provide specialized representation of each individual case developing creative and innovative ideas to serve the client's financial and litigation goals. Throughout all stages of litigation, Ms. Cheung is committed to exploring all options of litigation and resolution to provide the best representation to meet the client's needs.


 


Jason M. Yeh

Mr. Yeh received his Juris Doctor in 2003 from Loyola Law School where he was also a research assistant. Mr. Yeh received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from the University of Southern California, in Business Administration, with honors from the Alpha Gamma Honor Society. During this time, Mr. Yeh co-founded a ground breaking internet business that he sold for a substantial profit.
Mr. Yeh has extensive experience representing self-insured employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators on all issues involving workers compensation defense throughout Southern California. He has litigated matters at trial, involving workplace injury, discrimination/132a claims, serious and willful violations, as well as 3rd party credit issues. In addition to workers compensation defense, Mr. Yeh worked for several years as a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Mr. Yeh is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and is a member of the State Bar of California.



Jennifer J. Rhee

Ms. Rhee received her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law in 2008. Ms. Rhee attended the University of California, Los Angeles for her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honor. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Circuit Court of Cook County and handled broad subject areas, including torts, divorces, contract and bankruptcy.

Before entering the practice of Law, Ms. Rhee worked at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and obtained the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. As an attorney, Mr. Rhee has practiced in the areas of general civil litigation and workers' compensation defense.

Ms. Rhee specializes in workers' compensation defense and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009.
Ms. Rhee speaks Korean and Spanish.



Steven Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan specializes in the field of workers' compensation defense, having worked in the field since 2006. Mr. Kaplan has handled all varieties of workers' compensation cases for self-insured private employers, employers with high-retention deductible policies, insurance companies, third party administrators and self-insured public entities.

Mr. Kaplan received his Juris Doctor from UCLA in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California Berkeley in 2002.

Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the 9th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. Mr. Kaplan was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005.

Before entering the practice of Law, Mr. Kaplan worked as a political consultant during the 2005 California special election. He was also a successful contestant on the television program Jeopardy.



David B. Park

Mr. David Park received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from University of California, Los Angeles. While attending the UCLA, he was a member of the Asian American Law Journal and Korean American Bar Association. As an active member of the California State Bar since July 2000, Mr. Park has been admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in California.

Mr. Park has experience in insurance defense litigation and Workers' Compensation defense. He specialized in the defense of Workers' Compensation claims on behalf of various large insurance carriers, self-insurance administrators as well as both private and public self-insured employers, including municipalities and school districts.

He prepared and handled all stages of discovery, including depositions of applicants, witnesses as well as expert witnesses such as AMEs and QMEs. He also drafted various pleadings including petition for reconsiderations and trial briefs before the WCAB. He has represented client's interest at hearings such as Mandatory Settlement Conferences and Trials to resolve cases or to litigate them if there should be no negotiated settlements.

In addition to the insurance defense litigation experience, he handled complex civil litigation and corporate transactional issues. He litigated and or resolved many cases to successful conclusion on behalf of clients.

Mr. Park speaks fluent Korean.



Steven A. Plesa

Steven A. Plesa began his workers' compensation career as a lien claimant hearing representative. While studying for of his state bar, and waiting for the results of his moral character determination, Mr. Plesa gained invaluable experience through negotiating and litigating a high volume of high value liens.

After being admitted to the California State Bar Association in 2013, Mr. Plesa has worked as a workers' compensation defense attorney, successfully litigating numerous case-in-chief claims for "take nothings," with a total of hundreds of thousands of dollars of liens being disallowed.

He believes in closing files for his clients in the most cost-efficient way possible, which has both provided him with the opportunity to resolve high exposure cases, while still gaining trial experience by continuing to litigate chief and lien claims to successful conclusions.

Mr. Plesa enjoys proceeding forward on both case-in-chief and lien trials, and will always utilize out-of-the-box strategies to bring a favorable result for his clients.

On every file, Mr. Plesa makes it a priority to respond to clients at his earliest opportunity, and strongly encourages' active participation from the claims examiner, claims supervisor, employer, and/or risk manager, so that everyone is continuously informed of a file's progression, from inception to its conclusion.

Mr Plesa graduated from Whittier Law School in 2011, passed the California State Bar exam in 2012, and officially became an attorney in 2013.

As a workers' compensation defense attorney does whatever it takes to learn the files, and prepare for hearings/trials, in order to provide the best representation possible for his clients.